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Date:	Tue, 16 Aug 2011 14:29:22 -0400
From:	Ted Ts'o <>
To:	Tao Ma <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ext4: Resolve the hang of direct i/o read in handling

On Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 02:37:53PM +0800, Tao Ma wrote:
> From: Tao Ma <>
> EXT4_IO_END_UNWRITTEN flag set and the increase of i_aiodio_unwritten should
> be done simultaneously since ext4_end_io_nolock always clear the flag and
> decrease the counter in the same time.
> We don't increase i_aiodio_unwritten when setting EXT4_IO_END_UNWRITTEN so
> it will go nagative and causes some process to wait forever.
> Part of the patch came from Eric in his e-mail, but it doesn't fix the problem
> met by Michael actually.
> Reported-and-Tested-by: Michael Tokarev<>
> Signed-off-by: Eric Sandeen <>
> Signed-off-by: Tao Ma <>

Thanks I've taken this into the ext4 tree.  I am a bit worried this
will trigger a GCC warning:

+	/*
+	 * It may be over-defensive here to check EXT4_IO_END_UNWRITTEN now,
+	 * but being more careful is always safe for the future change.
+	 */
 	inode = io_end->inode;
+	if (!(io_end->flag & EXT4_IO_END_UNWRITTEN)) {
+		io_end->flag |= EXT4_IO_END_UNWRITTEN;
+		atomic_inc(&EXT4_I(inode)->i_aiodio_unwritten);
+	}
 	/* Add the io_end to per-inode completed io list*/
 	spin_lock_irqsave(&EXT4_I(inode)->i_completed_io_lock, flags);

... since in Google we've been compiling with -Werror, but it's not
causing an error on gcc 4.4, which is what I still have on my laptop.
It may be that newer versions of GCC are smart enough to notice tha
the above is dead code, and then complain with a warning.

        	     	  	    	 - Ted
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